I’d drive all the way to Mississippi if Martha Hall Foose invited me to her table. Such is the allure of her recipes and stories. Everything in A Southerly Course and in Screen Doors and Sweet Tea appeals to me—the authentic Southern food (which is America’s best), the humor, the evocative photographs, and the strong sense of a place. Cookbooks should make you happy. This one bursts with memory and cheer.
This cookbook reads almost like a novel—I could hardly put it down! The recipes are such a wonderful reminder of the country cooking I grew up on as a little girl.
I am continually impressed with Martha’s ability to bring new life to Southern food. Her recipes and stories transport me to my favorite place, the Southern home kitchen, sitting around the table with great food and great company.
—Donald Link, author of Real Cajun and chef-owner of Cochon and Herbsaint
You are invited to an evening with Martha Hall Foose, who will give a presentation on and sign A SOUTHERLY COURSE: Recipes and Stories from Close to
Home. In this highly anticipated follow-up to the James Beard Award-winning Screen Doors and Sweet Tea cookbook, Martha continues her conversation with readers, sharing recipes and stories from the south.
A unique storyteller, with traces of Eudora Welty and Willy Morris in her style, and a talented home cook and chef, Martha won legions of devoted fans with her first cookbook—and charmed the media. Everyone responded to her unique and passionately genuine voice, and to her friend-in-the-kitchen tone. A SOUTHERLY COURSE picks up where Screen Doors and Sweet Tea leaves off, charting an even more intimate journey in Martha’s life, and reflecting how foodways in the South have continued to evolve over time.
Born and bred in the Mississippi, Martha creates recipes packed with the very best of Southern flavors, calling on the greatest of local ingredients in often unexpected ways. In A SOUTHERLY COURSE, you will find recipes for tried-and-true classics, such as Skillet Fried Corn and Chocolate Chiffon Pie, as well as surprising and new dishes such as Peanut Chicken and Sweet Pickle Braised Pork Shoulder. No matter the inspiration, all of the recipes have one thing in common: each comes with a fascinating story. Few can spin a yarn with such wit and beguiling charm as Martha. Try Martha’s Fig Pecan Fondue, and lament with her the pulling down of a row of purple figs she’d known since her childhood, the trees already bursting with juicy, ripe fruit. Warmly amusing and more poignant with the turn of each page, Martha’s tales are always authentic, leaving enamored Southerners and would-be Southerners longing for more.
Octavia Books will also be with Martha Hall Foose the following morning at the Crescent City Farmers Market.
MARTHA HALL FOOSE was born and raised in the Mississippi Delta. She attended the famed pastry school Ecole Lenotre in France, before returning to Mississippi where she opened Bottletree Bakery—a southern institution in Oxford—and later, with her husband, Mockingbird Bakery in Greenwood, where she was also executive chef of the Viking Cooking School. Recently, Martha was a food stylist for the movie The Help, based on the bestselling novel of the same name. Martha’s first cookbook, Screen Doors and Sweet Tea, won a James Beard Award. She makes her home in Tchula, Mississippi, on her family farm with her husband and their son.
In the highly anticipated follow-up to herbestselling"Screen Doors & Sweet Tea," Martha Hall Foose shares recipes and storiesthat are even closer to her home and heart.
Gifted chef and storyteller Martha Hall Foose invites you into her kitchen to share recipes that bring alive the landscape, people, and traditions that make Southern cuisine an American favorite.